School starts for DS next Tuesday. For the past several weeks I've only been picking up a couple items on his back to school list each time I went grocery shopping. I picked up the last couple things today; spiral notebooks and pocket folders.
Now, I try to encourage my kids to just like what they like, regardless of gender roles. DS has decided he really likes My Little Pony. Not a big deal to me. DD pointed out a MLP notebook to DS and I asked him if he wanted it. He thought about it for a moment, but decided to get Ninja Turtles instead. After I put it in the cart, he tells me that the reason he chose to get Ninja Turtles was because he didn't want other people to laugh at him if he took the MLP notebook to school. I got down on his level and told him that he is allowed to like what he likes and that he shouldn't care what other people think, say, or do, but to live in a way that makes him happy. I then grabbed the MLP notebook and told him I would get it for him and that he could choose to take it to school with him or that we would keep it in the house instead. You should have seen his eyes light up when I grabbed it off the shelf!
It just makes me really sad that he feels so much pressure already at 6 years old. The way I remember school, the kids didn't start getting mean until about second grade; before that, everybody liked everybody and was nice no matter what. I just wish my kid felt a little more confidence in himself to feel comfortable taking what he likes with him to school.